To do or to not do it? That is the question. People are always confronted with that question, every day of our individual lives. Will we do it or won’t we? Will we step up or won’t we? Will we go ahead or will we hold back? The Answer to that question is fairly simple, and it is in the form of another question: Is this good for you in the short and long term? That is because after you’ve made your decision you will have to live with the consequences. So whatever choice you are being confronted with is guaranteed to come with consequences, whether you want to acknowledge it or not, the consequences will not vanish into thin air.
Think about it, every new day you are presented with a fresh batch of choices you have to make. You get up in the morning and you have a fresh choice, to brush your teeth or to not brush your teeth, fresh breath or stinky breath. Early on in your life you have already decided that fresh breath is a good choice (unless you think otherwise, why I don’t know), so that is an easy one. Then to take a bath and eat breakfast or not, both of these come with their own set of consequences which you of course cannot avoid. Take a bath and be clean or do not wash yourself and stink. Now it is a simple choice, but with both short and long term consequences, starting to smell is a short term consequence if you choose to not wash yourself, but going on a date being stinky will have the potential to drive a possible life-long partner away, that is the long term consequence. Friend, things which define your quality of life are for the most part not great and hard choices you have to make, they are simple every day choices, easy to make like choosing to brush your teeth and taking a bath. Consider this, choosing to slow down and stop when you are getting close to a red robot, even though you may have a very important business meeting, may result in you being a few minutes late, but choosing to run a red robot and driving into another vehicle will have long term consequences which you won’t be able to avoid. Friend, you gotta do the right thing, and in most situations you already know what that right thing is. Wisdom will tell you that considering the consequences of your decisions first will help you to make the right choice and choosing the right over the wrong will improve and save your life. I know we are living in a world where being bad is considered cool and doing the right thing is often being looked down upon, but friend who do you really want to be? The baddy which always choose to do the wrong thing just to prove to the world and friends how bad they can be or the sane person who chooses to do the right thing, because they are not insane?
It may come as a surprise, but not all people admire crazy and out of control baddies and foul mouthed individuals who are doing their best to show the world that they don’t care about the opinions of the world or anybody out there. Friends, not every one admires that idiot who always chooses to do the wrong thing merely because he doesn’t want to be told what to do. There are sane people in this world and they usually are the millionaires and billionaires, because they understand that nobody wants a broken car, mobile phone, television set, and aeroplane or anything worth buying, everybody wants the stuff they buy to work properly. The same applies to people; good decent and reliable people are chosen as leaders, people who will do the right thing, not only for themselves, but also for others, including the idiot who thinks the world cares if their reckless behaviour results in them dying young in a car crash, because they chose to run a red light. Friend, I am not here to beg any one to live right or do the right thing, I am here to tell you that the choices you make every day will have consequences. You gotta do what you believe is right for you and in the same breath, keep in mind that others will do what they believe is right for them. The amount of tomorrows you have left is determined by the number of good decisions you make today. You can’t change the past, but you can impact your future.
“God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.” (Psalm 53:2 NIV)
God is looking to see if there is any out there who chooses to do the right thing and honour God, because God created this planet and it came with God-given rules and regulations (which I know most people hate and that is why you do not know any two hundred year olds). The truth is that God is the only One Who possesses the power to lengthen and shorten a life and He wants you to know, that in doing the right and good thing, that you are honouring Him. I want to show you something:
“The length of our days is seventy years- or eighty, if we have the strength.” (Psalm 90:10)
That right there is the reality for most people on planet earth who live the longest, but that is not God’s limit, that is only the reality of the people living on earth. God is able to let your life be a whole lot longer than that if He favours you, but you must honour God, not just in word but in deed as well. If your works are good and you live wisely then your God will honour you in deed as you have honoured Him and your life will be longer than the rest of those living on earth.
“I will honour him (her). With long life will I satisfy him (her) and show him (her) My salvation.” (Psalm 91:15-16)
I know that many people claim that there are no guarantees that you will live a long life, and as a result they do all kinds of crazy things and end up with a sickness or disease neither they or doctors can do anything about. Later on when these consequences are delivered at their front door they ask: “God, why me?” The answer is you had choices and your way of life came with consequences and God knows your address. Friend, God promises that He will deliver you from death, but you do not want Him to start delivering things to you. Friend, if you live like you are not going to live a long life, you most probably won’t. This day God says here is a guarantee of a long life, it is written and recorded, for you and everyone else, and if you have faith in God you will believe that too. The thing is most people want that long life without actively honouring God through their works. That familiar statement, “Actions speaks louder than words,” is true, for both you and God. If you are living right then God says He will honour your way of living by giving you a long life, but if you don’t, remember you made the choice and you do have a choice.
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